DESCRIPTION: Michael Doherty lives in Kerry and has "a taste for the grog" He is "killed" in a fight. When the whiskey is passed at the wake Doherty lifts the coffin lid. He advises, at the next wake, "don't pass with the whiskey so close to his nose"
EARLIEST DATE: 1960 (Creighton-SNewBrunswick)
KEYWORDS: injury drink fight party humorous mourning
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Creighton-SNewBrunswick 69, "Doherty's Wake" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST CrSNB069 (Partial)
cf. "Finnegan's Wake" [Laws Q17] (subject)
NOTES [43 words]: There are several Irish songs about dead men rising at the scent of alcohol; this is so close to "Finnegan's Wake" that I'm tempted to list it as a rewrite. But there are minor differences in form, and the lyrics are different in detail if not in outline. - RBW
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